Is 2017 the year that you tackle that major home remodel? Or are you just looking to plant a small herb garden in the spring? Whatever home improvement project you are contemplating, chances are you will find the resources you need to get it done at the Maricopa County Home & Garden Show happening on Jan. 13-15 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.
The home show happens five times a year and always features a special exhibit or guest celebrity. This time, the “tiny home” craze is in the center spotlight with the Tiny Home Street of Dreams. These micro homes are all 400 square feet or less and make home ownership affordable – and portable. All of the tiny homes on display will be available to view and tour and the exhibit is included with admission to the show.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of these shows are the DIY workshops and presentations. There are seminars on furniture flips, repurposing salvage items and even a demonstration on how to turn and old door into a bar. Learn how to install artificial grass and putting greens. Or, get your hands dirty during a cabinet painting demonstration where audience participation is welcome! There are even cooking demonstrations and wine tasting.
If getting your hands dirty with actual dirt is more your thing, you’re in luck. The home show has rosarians on hand from the Metro Phoenix Rose Society offering advice plus demonstrations on planting and pruning. If you want to leave your garden to the experts, you are covered there, too. Just bring pictures of your backyard and measurements and you can receive a complimentary landscape consult from a professional horticulturist.
If shopping for home décor is more your style, there are local artisan located throughout the show that offer one-of-a-kind, handmade, recycled or reclaimed items that would make a perfection addition to your home.
This show is also helping to celebrate the Arizona State Parks system’s 60th anniversary. Attendees can learn about family-friendly “Diamond Anniversary” events all year long at parks throughout the state and receive a free state park pass.
And with the money you save on parks fees for a day, you can buy a raffle ticket for the “Heroes Raffle.” Enter to win over $15,000 in prizes while supporting the 100 Club of Arizona. The 100 Club provides immediate financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.
Whether you go to the home show with a specific project in mind and a list of vendors to talk to, or you are just going for the inspiration and ideas, there is something for everyone at the Maricopa County Home Show.
Home Show – Jan. 13-15
Arizona State Fairgrounds
1826 W McDowell Road, Phoenix
Hours: 10 am-6 pm Fri & Sat, 10 am-5 pm Sun.
Tickets: $8 adults, $3 ages 3-12, ages 2 & under free. Discounts include senior morning and customer and military appreciation. Check website for details.